The Chicago MC opened with a breathless rendition of “How Great,” spitting the track over the chilling background vocals of gospel stars Kirk Franklin and Tamela Mann. A full band and choir joined the trio as Chance transitioned into “All We Got,” bounding across the stage as he tore through the Coloring Book opener with ecstatic joy.
The performance capped off a historic night for Chance, who grabbed seven nominations and won three Grammys, Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance for “No Problem” and Best Rap Album for Coloring Book. The wins cemented the beginning of a new era for the Grammys, which nominated the digital-only Coloring Book amidst a new rule change that made streaming-only albums eligible, where in the past only traditionally released, physical albums were considered.
Speaking with Rolling Stone about the rule change, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences President Neil Portnow said, “We wanted to make sure somebody wasn’t disenfranchised or excluded just because of the technicality of a distribution format.”
Chance, for his part, even predicted Coloring Book would shift the paradigm on Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam” (which also picked up two Grammys noms). On the track, Chance rapped, “He said let’s do a good ass job with Chance three/ I hear you gotta sell it to snatch the Grammy/ Let’s make it so free and the bars so hard/ That there ain’t one gosh darn part you can’t tweet.”